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It is believed that the use of the Paphos air base in Cyprus is the most critical part of the agreement for France. "What Cyprus has to offer is infrastructure in the vicinity of war zones," said the source.

Cyprus and France are also close allies and while the invitation to the French to come to an agreement on the use of the air base, it is believed France also wants to deepen its military ties with the island as part of its strategy to develop a strong European military network.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:47:11 AM EST
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..........as part of its strategy to develop a strong European military network.

France is forcing the EU towards a stronger military network?  Arrgh...building a new empire....

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 02:43:00 PM EST
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France is getting ready for the EU to ditch NATO.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 03:05:43 PM EST
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I suspect this is just logistics related to the Lebanon crisis.

French warships have been cruising off the coasts of Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict last month. The French government has chartered ferry ships and air flights to evacuate civilians from Lebanon (under warship protection); all of these stop in Cyprus first. That's just geography.

Having a supply base here makes sense, especially if French troops are to be deployed in south Lebanon.

Just my EUR 0.02

by Bernard on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 06:15:40 PM EST
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